KEVIN JOAQUIN GARCIA

Drummer - Percussionist


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ARTISTS

Kevin is currently performing with The Steel Wheels, Hazmat Modine, Gato Loco, 9 Horses, Pape Armand Boye, Yola Carter, Sky White Tiger, Coyloup, Fever High, and Music For Enophiles. 

Kevin also works with Duncan Sheik, Wheatus, The Duhks, Natalie MacMaster, Bright Light Bright Light, MC Frontalot, Gabriel Kahane and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Slow Knights, MC Lars, My Midnight Heart, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Jose Llana, Kerrigan/Lowdermilk, Walter Parks, Badu Boye, Justin Levine, Charlie Rosen, and Bartosz Hadala, among other artists, ensembles, and bands. 

Guest appearances with: Bombino, Jerry Douglas, Elephant Revival, De Temps Antan, Alash Tuvan Throat Singers, Donna The Buffalo, Oysterband, Le Poules à Colin, James Hill and Anna Janelle, Hangai, Coig, Tony McMannis, Paul McKenna, The Bombadils,  Diali Cissokho and Kaira Ba, and 10 Strings And A Goat Skin.

MUSICALS

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson on Broadway by Alex Timbers and Michael Friedman (Cast Member, Drummer, Arranger, In-House Contractor, Cast Recording) 

Fun Home on Broadway (Designated Drummer, Percussionist) 

Murder Ballad (Drummer, Arranger, In-House Contractor, Cast Recording)

Shakespeare In The Park: Love's Labour's Lost (Drummer, Percussionist, Arranger, Cast Recording)

Whisper House by Duncan Sheik (Drummer, Percussionist, Arranger, Cast Recording)

NOIR by Duncan Sheik (Vibraphone, Drummer, Percussionist)

 BCEFA Presents: Hedwig and The Angry Inch (Drummer, Percussionist)

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DANCe

Kevin composes music and accompanies professional dance companies and choreographers. Kevin worked with Merce Cunningham and MCDC until his passing, and recorded his technique music for the Legacy project with the company.

Currently Kevin works with Seán Curran, Milton Meyers, Kevin Wynn, and Karen Gayle. Kevin is on staff at NYU, Hunter, and Steps.

Kevin has also worked with Matthew Bourne's New Adventures, Alvin Ailey, Paul Taylor, Mark Morris, Doug Varone, David Dorfman, Trisha Brown, Donald McKayle, Saeko Ichinohe, Mary Cochran, Jeff and Yukie Moen, and Anita Cheng.

Kevin was composer in residence at Barnard College in 2003, and served as Music Director of Gil Stroming's Jump Convention at Break The Floor. 


STUDIO

Kevin works in several New York City area based recording studios making creative drum set and percussion recordings with a wide variety of artists. Kevin also records in his home studio in Brooklyn.

Check out Kevin's Audio and Discography pages to hear and see some of the artists Kevin has recorded with.

Overdub recording services for artists looking to add drums and percussion to their recordings is available. Visit Kevin's Gear page to see pictures of his collection of interesting instruments. 

Kevin also offers Audio Engineering and Release-Quality Mixing services.

Coming soon in 2018 Kevin will be partnering with Pape Armand Boye to help develop a music production team in Dakar, Sénégal.

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press+

"Percussionist Kevin Garcia is a wonder. His varied instruments allow him to create different tones and textures. His drum solo late in the show was as engaging as it was impressive while also in keeping with the expressive playing he offered all evening."  -The Gazette

PASIC Best International Percussion Performance Winner 1998. 

NPR Folk Alley's #3 Top Ten Artists of 2014

Ambassador Musician to Belgium, France, Germany, and Poland. 

Made Honorary Cajun by The City of Lafayette, Louisiana at Festival International De Louisiane.

Fun fact: Kevin signed a drumstick for Questlove after playing Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

journey

Fascinated with rhythmic music and dance at an early age, Kevin set out on a lifelong path of learning, sharing, performing, and recording. Through world travels for music work and education, he has developed a rich vocabulary that has landed him in bands and ensembles all over the spectrum of cultural origins, and he continues to seek and absorb the rich sounds of planet Earth. Kevin developed many of his skills with master musicians Billy Hart, Judy Moonert, Boris Amontete Tchango, Zoumana Dembele, Ustad Mulazim Hussain, and Guruvayur Dorai. He graduated from Western Michigan University, Halewynstitchting Conservatory, and The Lake Placid Institute with degrees in Percussion Performance and Philosophy. Kevin is currently working primarily with the roots Americana band The Steel Wheels, but he performs and tours regularly with artists and dance companies around the world. Visit his Tour page to catch a performance.